Soul Sunday #5

It is getting cold here in my area of living and as I am preparing myself for the coming months by layering into multiple woolen clothing, I am thinking of the winter break which I enjoyed during childhood.

The foggy mornings with a hot glass of milk and some healthy pinnis (laddoos) and reading some Dr. Seuss in cozy bed during the vacation are some of the cherished memories from those days.

This is a long weekend. Being at home and doing nothing is one of the pleasures which we never get amidst the hectic schedules. As I am planning to curl up in bed with a cup of ginger tea and a good book, leave away all the worries and enjoy the day.

We should do this often. What do you think??

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
      ― Guillaume Apollinaire

 

What are you up to this weekend??

Surviving the Challenge!

I recently joined Blogchatter  and getting to know so many like-minded people who share the same passion and enthusiasm is amazing. When I came across the challenge #DailyChatter, I knew I am participating even though I wasn’t sure if I will be able to post and read so many blogs, while juggling between household  chores, office,  traveling and celebrating so many festivals in this month of October.

This month has been a roller coaster journey where I was running to put up my post before the clock strikes 12, visiting fellow bloggers , reading and sharing views with others and making new friends. This was a new experience in total and a really crazy but special one. I am happy that I took  the challenge and sailed (not easily though), however, I could not visit as many as I wanted to and I am still going and reading a lot of posts.

I would like to thank Blogchatter for making me a part of this challenge and providing a platform to share our writings, appreciate and motivate each other and as we learn and grow together here.

Here I am trying to mention some of the fellow bloggers whom I like a lot and would love to read them throughout the year.

Shalini Nair from Kohl eyed me

I have fallen in love with her writing, the first time I visited her blog. She is such a creative and talented blogger that I really look forward to her posts. Her imagination and efforts are commendable and they clearly reflect in her colorful, expressive and prolific articles. I am really grateful to her for her support and encouragement when I approached her.

Chandni Moudgil from Life in Technicolour

Her theme for this challenge was #100HappyDays and all her posts were so impressive.  She says, “Happiness isn’t by chance , it’s by choice .” She shared her happiness each day through her posts, a step towards gaining a positive state of mind. This whole idea is so inspiring and I am planning to take it sometime soon.

Ramya  Rao from Words & Me

I loved all her women- centric poems and she is now on my permanent list of reading. All her poems are so meaningful and have relevance in today’s world where women are fighting for their rights to become an equal part of the male-dominated society.

NovembersChild 

She has the power to write about diverse things, making us bewildered. I wonder, how she picks up on anything and everything, which we even do not realize in our everyday life. I was in awe exploring many of her older posts and happily subscribed to her blog.

There are many other phenomenal bloggers and I am going to check their blogs and make many more friends even after the challenge.

As I wrap up #Daily Chatter, I promise to myself that I will take part next time again with a better plan and a theme (which I have already started building in my mind:)). I also need to become better in sharing and connecting. I will definitely read more, share more and connect more.

 

Today is the last(31st) day of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter and I am really happy that I survived the challenge.

Soul Sunday #4

As we all celebrate Diwali today, I share this quote on Soul Sunday in the spirit of the festive season.

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“Diwali (Lakshmi Pujan/Amavasya) is the darkest night of the year. And our ancestors have taught us to overcome darkness with light. 
When the moon is not shining, neither the sun, sky is dark; India glitters. Proud of being part of such a wise and one of the finest tradition.
Diwali is practicing “तमसोमा जोतिर्गमय” . . . 
Happy Diwali to all. May there belight in your life. . .”
                                     – Harihar D. Naik

How are you celebrating Diwali today??

 

This is Day 30 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.

 

Those Little Things

 

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Sometimes the smallest of gestures go right to the heart.

A smile from a stranger when you are lost in a crowd;

An old friend calling from a distant land just to day I Miss You;

The touch of a mother’s hand on your brow when you are unable to sleep;

A message from a friend asking what’s wrong when you thought no one could notice;

A hand on your shoulder when it feels like the world is against you.

Sometimes it is the tiniest of things that bring a smile in hard times.


A friend had sent me this when I was facing some problem in life. Whenever I am low, simply reading this makes me SMILE 🙂

This is Day 29 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter

Sunday is her Holiday

I wish I could fall sick… Sounds weird right?? But sometimes the idea of falling sick seems a luxury. Taking a break from the constant running to keep up with the time… home, office, domestic chores, grocery shopping, traveling and so on. It is silly though but who would not want to stay in bed all day and be cared and get pampering done instead of taking care of everything in the house.

6 am:  I woke up after a sleep of 6 hours and I am feeling fresh that I could get a nice sleep of 6 hours. I had to stay up late as I had some presentation to finish.  Today, I look forward to spending a great day and get some time out for myself.
I prepare myself a cup of coffee and sits down with the newspaper.

7.10 am: The phone beeped…  I picked up the call and the house help informed me that she is not well and taking off today. Sigh!!
I went to the kitchen to prepare breakfast and decided to make Pasta.

7.45 am: Mr. A has woken up. “Can I get a cup of Tea ?”. I heard him from the bedroom. I served him tea, thinking in mind that I will ask him to book a movie show for the afternoon.

11.20 am: Cleaning done, laundry done, I realized I have not ordered groceries last night and went to buy some from the supermarket.

1:00 pm: As I was pondering over what to cook for lunch, the doorbell rang, Ding-dong!!
I opened the door and saw my sister-in-law and her family standing and smiling at me. I was shocked (not surprised) and the next few hours went in cooking, chatting and seeing them off.

6.30 pm: I was tired after day and felt like taking an off the next day, it reminded me that there were few emails pending and I switched on my laptop. Work comes first, you see.

9:00 pm: Mr. A has offered me to help with the dinner and we made a vegetable sandwich and some soup together.
I got inspired by a video and jumped to share with all.

Taking a step towards change, COLORS is starting a people’s movement called #SundayIsHerHoliday and is inviting every man (and woman) to participate in it. The goal of the campaign is to inspire and help men take over the Sunday chores of women, so she can get her much needed time off. The campaign wants to start by inspiring action and kicking-off a conversation around #SundayIsHerHoliday.

Gender equality begins at home and there is a need to make people understand that a woman also deserves a day –off.

A growing number of men are taking on the responsibility of caring for children and taking up household chores as their partner works. But a lot still needs to be done in breaking down traditional gender stereotypes.

I am blessed to have Mr. A and he believes in equality. He helps me in domestic chores and we are supporting this movement.

If you wish to bring this change, please share this and be the change at your house!

 

Today is Day 28 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On being home alone!

Working five days a week for almost 10-11 hours  every day, I come back home completely exhausted. I prefer being at home for a couple of hours in the evening during weekdays when I try to relax. Mr. A comes late so I simply sit back and unwinding my senses by doing things which I like. Even as a child, I was sometimes left alone when my parents could not take me along and instead of throwing tantrums, I used to cherish my “me-time”.

Everyone needs a special time, where one should disconnect from all the tensions in my mind and enjoy in own company.

When I was in college, I used to come back to the room after classes, most of the days and that time was spent on reading. I would read endlessly during those days and it was a fun time. When I started working, I hardly found any time to be alone and do anything that I wanted to.

Here are the things, I love to do whenever I get some time alone at home.

Drinking Tea/Coffee

Making myself a cup of hot coffee or my favorite ginger tea and just relaxing is what I enjoy the most.

Reading

Grabbing a book and getting lost in the world of reading is my everyday desire and I get to read during the evening, most of the weekdays, waiting for Mr. A.

Walking

Walking is good for health and as I am trying to losing weight and maintain a good lifestyle, this is an essential exercise in my daily routine. Though, I do cheat during the weekends :p

Blogging

Coming back home, as I switch on my laptop, the first thing I do is logging into my blog and drafting out any ideas which came to my mind during the day. Later, I rework on them before publishing.

Cleaning

I have an OCD of keeping the everything clean and organized. Every day, I tidy up the house and kitchen and once done,I am visibly cheerful and content.

Bathing

Taking a bath releases all my stress and soothes me to a great level.If I feel like spending more time under the shower, I pamper myself with a variety of shower gels and scrubs which I store in the bathroom.

Sleeping

It is said that sleep is the best meditation. I catch up sleep (whenever I can) to wake up with a fresh mind and active body.

After reading all this, you might think I am an introvert. But I would like to tell you that are taking it wrong. I like being alone but only for a short period of time. After that, I start missing people. I am an ambivert, you see. I like social gatherings and being around people but I also need solitude for my sanity.

What do you do when you are alone at home ??

Today is Day 27 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter

 

Mere Wali Diwali !!

The most favorite time of the year is here, It’s Diwali. Since childhood, I have always been excited to celebrate Diwali. The festival which marks the triumph of good over evil, the festivals of colorful rangolis and bright diyas, the festival of merriment where the family enjoys together with a variety of delicacies, the finest of the new clothes and the praying for the happiness and wealth to the almighty.

What comes to your mind when you think of ‘Diwali ‘as a festival?
Diwali is associated with a lot of memories- the annual ritual of cleaning and de-cluttering of the house, the shopping spree of buying vibrant diyas and  rangoli colors, homemade sweets and savories and a handful of crackers like phuljadis and chakris(I was always scared of them).

For the last 9 years, Diwali has become more special as it is the time to go back home and celebrating it with the family, even though it requires planning well in advance so that the commitments are already fulfilled at work front and taking a day or two off to visit the folks. And celebrating Diwali has undergone a huge transformation due to the changing lifestyle.

The earliest memory I have of Diwali is our parents getting into a cleanliness drive before a month. We would help them in sorting out our stuff and giving away all those which was not of much utility to the needy. The whole house was turned upside down and each member of the family helped in the mission.

Now due to hectic schedules, only the regular cleaning and some decluttering is manageable with the support from the domestic help on Sundays.

As a child, I remember looking forward to a variety of sweet and savory preparations my mother used to make. We used to devour in the yummy food without the guilt of consuming calories.

Today we have become so health conscious that we eat only low- calories sweets which are usually bought from outside.

Another special memory which is very close to my heart is making rangolis and lighting up diyas to decorate the house. No one has the time to twist wicks out of cotton and to fill each individual diya with oil or making rangolis at the entrance of the door and these have been replaced by candles, electric lights and readymade stencils.

As a kid. I was never very fond of crackers and would play with only a few. I appreciate that people are realizing the pollution which is caused by the bursting of crackers and indulging into Green Diwali seems logical.

Diwali was all about spending time with family. Going back to parents and celebrating is always exciting and I look forward to the good times ahead.
For that, really to me, is the true essence of Diwali – family and friends coming together to celebrate new, prosperous beginnings.

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I have started my preparations for Diwali. Have you??

With this, I wish you a very happy and safe Diwali. May the festival of lights fill your life with the glow of happiness and sparkle of joy.

What are your childhood memories of Diwali??

This is Day 25 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.

 

 

 

I will always be there !

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I can feel you in my sighs

I can see you with my closed eyes

You have been an encouragement to me

You have been there to guide me

What else can I say about you

You have been like an air blow

Quietly moving with me

Slowly coming with me

You have been and will always be

By my side

In all dark nights

Like a friend

Like a mentor

Just to say I am always there!!

 

This is Day 24 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.

Soul Sunday #3

I had a tough week at work and I was completely exhausted by the end of the week. I pondered over the question what can help me and I came across one quote.

I decided to share that here over a session  of Soul Sunday. Have you made yourself a cup of your favorite tea/coffee??If not, please go and make one before scrolling down.

I am hoping today, you start your day off with a smile 🙂

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
                                  ― Audrey Hepburn

 

Do you have a favorite quote which inspires you??

 

This is Day 23 of the #DailyChatter by BlogChatter.